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Neighborhood Notebook

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 10, 2002


Road closed for railroad work

LUTZ -- Crystal Lake Road will be closed at U.S. 41 around 9 a.m. Monday as workers renovate the railroad crossing there. The road is likely to remain closed past Wednesday.

The railroad work is similar to a job that was begun two weeks ago at the railroad crossing over Lutz-Lake Fern Road. That closed the road for 31/2 days.

CSX Transportation is conducting a routine maintenance program to replace rails and ties, and replenish the gravel under them. A crew has been renovating critical rail crossings since early January. In a few weeks, another crew is expected to reach Hillsborough County to do work on the rail line away from intersections.

Motorists can detour to the north via Lutz-Lake Fern and Crooked Lane, and to the south via Crenshaw Lake Road and Simmons Road.

Voter effort puts replica touch screens in stores

NEW TAMPA -- In an effort to lure voters to the polls, New Tampa Votes plans to put homemade versions of the county's new touch-screen voting machine in all five New Tampa grocery stores this fall.

At $3,100 each, don't look for real, working voting machines in the stores. Instead, the civic group will build replicas from old computer monitors, cardboard and tables.

Jim Davison, a member of New Tampa Votes and a candidate for Hillsborough County Commissioner District 2, said the replicas are props meant to change residents behavior.

"Every time they go in and out of the store, they should be thinking about voting," said Davison, who lives in Hunter's Green. "We're trying to market an election."

The groups hopes to put the homemade machines in place 45 days before the Nov. 5 election.- -- Bill Coats and John Balz contributed to this report.

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